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Date Type Grid Clue Author
April 17, 2011 panda 54D Stat that pitchers are concerned about Mel Taub
October 17, 2010 diagramless 6D Noteworthy time Paula Gamache
August 23, 2009 diagramless 6D Part of B.C.E. Paula Gamache
July 26, 2009 panda 25A 243 years, perhaps Mel Taub
July 12, 2009 diagramless 44A All alternative Jim Hyres
May 18, 2008 diagramless 36A Noteworthy time Jon Weems
October 24, 2004 diagramless 26D The Clinton years, e.g. Ed Early
August 31, 2003 diagramless 3D Greek or Roman time, e.g. Trip Payne
May 26, 2002 diagramless 13D Time line division Frank Longo
August 5, 2001 diagramless 4D Roaring 20's or Gay 90's Frank Longo
June 24, 2001 diagramless 17D Pitcher's stat Peter Gordon
April 15, 2001 panda 51D Kind of sable Mel Taub
March 19, 2000 diagramless 52A Historian's concern Frank Longo
February 6, 2000 diagramless 2D Failed amendment Fred Piscop
July 11, 1999 diagramless 65D Timeline segment Patrick Berry
December 13, 1998 diagramless 43D Significant span Frank Longo
Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, war, the arts, industry, justice and skill. She was the favorite child of Zeus. She had sprung fully grown out of her father's head. Her mother was Metis, goddess of wisdom and Zeus' first wife. In fear that Metis would bear a son mightier than himself. Zeus swallowed her and she began to make a robe and helmet for her daughter. The hammering of the helmet caused Zeus great pain in the form of headaches and he cried out in agony. Skilled Hephaestus ran to his father and split his skull open and from it emerged Athena, fully grown and wearing her mother's robe and helmet. She is the virgin mother of Erichthnonius.
Athena and her uncle Poseidon were both very fond of a certain city in Greece. Both of them claimed the city and it was decided that the one that could give the finest gift should have it. Leading a procession of citizens, the two gods mounted the Acropolis. Poseidon struck the side of the cliff with his trident and a spring welled up. The people marveled, but the water was as salty as Poseidon's sea and it was not very useful. Athena's gift was an olive tree, which was better because it gave the people food, oil and wood. Athena named her city Athens.
Athena's companion was the goddess of victory, Nike, and her usual attribute is the owl. Athena possessed the Aegis.